Rappler wins award for best online story using gov’t data
MANILA, Philippines – A story in Rappler’s business section, which used government statistics to explain the incidence of poverty and visualize where the poorest provinces are, won in the online news category of the 5th National Statistics Month Media Awards.
The story, written by former Rappler reporter Cai Ordinario, was based on statistics for the first half of 2012, which the National Statistical Coordination Board released in April this year. The maps were by Rappler artist Matthew Hebrona.
Published on April 27, 2013, the story provided perspective to the latest figures by citing other Rappler stories – and maps – that made good use of government statistics.
The story and the maps show that “15 provinces and one city have over 40% of their population living below the poverty threshold.” They are mostly in Mindanao.
While published in April, the story became the most read and shared Rappler business story even in May 2013, and also generated the most comments.
Readers commented how a number of the poorest provinces are the wealthiest in terms of natural resources, while some pointed out how some of the richest lawmakers come from these poorest provinces.
The NSM Media Awards is the Philippine Statistical System’s way of media’s “significant contributions in promoting, popularizing, and using statistics in information dissemination and other relevant purposes.”
The awards for the best radio, TV, print, and online stories were given on October 1 in ceremonies at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, during the 12th National Convention on Statistics. – Rappler.com